After three nights Valparaiso we really wanted to get on our bikes again for some days.
We stayed well clear of the big central highway going south, and picked up the little coastal route. Surprisingly beautiful! Green hills, pine trees, the smell of flowers, nice bays, lovely views….and most of the time there was absolutely no one on the road. We spent a night in Pichilemu (nov 20), known by surfers for its left-hand break.
We practiced our Argentinean BBQ, Chilean style…. and got addicted to the 2 liter packs Gato Negro – Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheap, good and plenty…. We like.
Next day we continued on the beautiful coastal route. Great gravel roads along lakes and pacific bays.
Enjoying it all with Nescafe and over lunch….
In Pelluhue we found ourselves a cabana and had homemade pasta on the porch. We really enjoyed being on the road again….and away from cities.
Monday 22nd we had a short ride. Bas and Steve now really needed to change their rear tyres. So that’s what we did on a hot afternoon. We could need some grip the upcoming days riding the lake district.
With some fresh tyres we continued our trip land inwards towards the lakes. Camped at lago …..eh…something and continued the day after.
On Wednesday we entered the national park around Volcano Llaima (one of the most active volcanoes in Chile, last active in 2008), the Ruta Interlagos. Because summer is still a month away here, we were the only ones riding this great gravel route, with fantastic views on the white topped Volcano and lava rivers.
Late in the afternoon we found a quiet spot near a river to set up camp.
We cooked, drank, talked, enjoyed….
We really enjoyed being away from modern civilization for a while…back to nature.
Next morning we woke up with sunshine, giving us great views of the volcano.
After a quick morning shower, and a coffee, we continued on the ruta interlagos not knowing where we would end that day..…and not knowing what was about to happen.
Then……on a rocky downhill part…..Bas had difficulty controlling his bike and hit a rock. His ankle got swollen quickly and we couldn’t drive any further. We gave first aid near a river to keep the swelling down and find a ride to the nearest village. Roel and Steve took care of all the gear.
That night we ended in a Melipeuco. Bas got a first examination on his ankle. We had BBQ and a wine, hoping it wasn’t all too bad.
Next morning we went to Temuco to find a proper clinic. Bas’ ankle is broken. An abrupt end of our journey with the three of us……and also for Bas’ next trip with Janneke. Really sad.
Bas is going home now and we will wait for the Black Elephant who will continue on Bas’ bike.
Probably this is the risk of a trip like this. So, we will not complain. We will be thankful. We had the best times together the last ten months!
We didn’t just talk the talk. We walked the walk. Or even better, we rode the ride. Good luck healing…. See you in a few months.
Roel, you want another fishermen’s friend? Pretty strong stuff….huh?